Power Supply Constraints Inhibit Global Data Center Growth
A worldwide shortage of available power is inhibiting growth of the global data center market, CBRE says in a new report. Sourcing enough power is a top priority of data center operators across North America, Europe, Latin America and Asia-Pacific.
Despite strong near-term market fundamentals, power supply constraints could limit or delay development in markets like Frankfurt, Tokyo and Silicon Valley. However, such constraints are fueling demand in emerging markets where power is available, such as Charlotte, NC, Johannesburg and Mumbai.
“Strong demand for data centers is driving the increase in supply,” said Pat Lynch, executive managing director for CBRE’s Data Centers Solution. “Still, we’re seeing low vacancy rates across the globe, particularly in North America, where vacancy is the lowest in a decade. We anticipate constraints on capacity and development to ease in the next few years, though it won’t entirely go away as an issue for the industry.”
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